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Aaron Silverman and the Derek Revord Endowment

March 22, 2017 by CCF

Responding to tragedy with philanthropy

Last September, the Derek Revord Endowment made its annual contribution to the Special Olympics. Created in 2010, the endowment has granted more than $4,000 to the Special Olympics in honor of Derek Revord, a beloved Hanahan native, since its founding.

Derek Revord and Aaron Silverman played soccer together from 1997 to 1999, first during high school club soccer and then at Newberry College. The two were roommates from 2000 to 2002 and complete opposites: Derek, the spontaneous friend who lived life with few regrets; Aaron, the friend who always thought about the future. But when Derek was killed in a drunk driving accident in 2005, everything changed.

“Derek’s passing… changed my life,” says Aaron. The year that Derek passed away, Aaron quit his time-consuming job and moved overseas. He spent five years working abroad and returned to the United States in 2010.

That year Aaron had the opportunity to create the Derek Revord Endowment with the blessing of the Revord family. Aaron had been promoted to Sales Manager of the Charleston Battery the year of his friend’s death. Charleston Battery works closely with Special Olympics South Carolina. For this reason, Silverman and the Revord family made the decision to support the Special Olympics through the Derek Revord Endowment. According to Nigel Cooper, Charleston Battery President at the time, “Derek was a tremendous asset to the Battery organization. Conscientious, dedicated and passionate about soccer; he will be sorely missed by the rest of the Battery family.”

In 2013, Silverman hosted the first Derek Revord Endowment Bowling Fundraiser. Teams are made up of four community members, one Charleston Battery player and one member of the Special Olympics. The fifth-annual fundraiser is coming up on Sunday, March 26th at Sandpiper Lane in North Charleston. The group hopes to fill thirty-two lanes in this charity event to benefit the Derek Revord Endowment and the Special Olympics.

Aaron Silverman is no stranger to responding to tragedy with philanthropy. After having a stillborn child in spring of 2014, Aaron and his wife, Laura created the Ari Foss Foundation. Named after their son lost at birth, this organization was created to help families overcome the financial stress created by losing a child through stillborn death. Soon, the couple plans to begin lecturing about their experiences at hospitals in our region. The organization’s long-term goal is to help families pay for these funerals.

CCF is honored to work with families like Aaron and Laura who have experienced tragedy and decided that with their sadness they must do good for our Lowcountry community.

To learn about how to give back with the Derek Revord Endowment, please visit the www.derekrevordendowment.com or contact Keisha Myco, keisha@coastalcommunityfoundation.org. To support the Ari Foss Foundation, please visit www.arifossfoundation.org.

Pictured: Special Olympics South Carolina, Charleston Battery and members of the Lowcountry community participating in the annual Derek Revord Bowling Fundraiser

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